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Usher teams with Nicki Minaj and Pharrell on sizzling new track, 'She Came To Give It To You'

Michael Jackson-influenced tune will get you on the dance floor fast

Summer may be half over, but Usher has just released one of summer’s best jams: a Michael Jackson-inspired track that tops anything on Jackson’s posthumous “Xscape.”

“She Came To Give It To You,” produced by Pharrell and featuring Nicki Minaj is a “Thriller”-era throwback with Usher channeling his greatest influence.

Minaj comes in a little after the 2-minute market for a fun rap—the kind that she can do pretty much do in her sleep—although she does bring this memorable line to the party, “Don’t be like OJ and forget the glove.” Hint: she’s not talking about the kind you wear on your hand.

The uptempo dance track about a girl who rules the club comes complete with a “Billie Jean” beat and Jackson-like whoops and hollers from Usher. When he sings the line, “Just be cool and enjoy the ride,” it takes you right back to  doesn’t take you back to the “So take my strong advice, just remember to always think twice (don’t think twice, don’t think twice),” from “Billie Jean.”

The track will be on Usher’s forthcoming fifth studio album, which we know is coming this year, but for which no release date has been announced. Usher earlier released the flirty, auto tuned “Good Kisser.”

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Courtney Love joins 'Sons of Anarchy'

Courtney Love joins “Sons of Anarchy”
The Hole rocker will play Jax’s eldest son's "straight-talking" preschool teacher in her dramatic TV acting debut.


The Situation’s reality show gets an extra episode to address his arrest and fight with his brother
TV Guide Network’s “The Sorrentinos” had just wrapped and didn’t capture the fight on camera, but the extra episode will be used for the show’s stars to explain what happened.


“Lost’s” Elizabeth Mitchell will be part of “Once Upon a Time’s” “Frozen”-themed storyline
She might be playing a villainous character.


“Gone Girl” author Gilian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” is headed to TV
Flynn’s debut novel will be made into a TV series with the help of Marti Noxon and Jason Blum.


DIY and HGTV’s new shows include ”Tiny House Builders”, “Amish RENOgades,” ”Half Price Paradise”
DIY’s Amish reality show will feature the stars of “Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.”

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<p>Oprah Winfrey</p>

Oprah Winfrey

Your guide to the TCA press tour

The ins and outs of the semi-annual gathering of the nation's TV critics

Right about now, the lights should be on in the Beverly Hilton ballroom for the very first panel of the summer 2014 Television Critics Association press tour. I'm not due to arrive at tour until sometime tomorrow, but Fienberg and other members of the TCA should be there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the start of the 16-day event (which, for many people, will run straight into the start of Comic-Con).

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NatGeo’s 'Wicked Tuna' earns a 4th season renewal

NatGeo’s “Wicked Tuna" earns a 4th season renewal
National Geographic Channel also announced the Aug. 17 premiere of spinoff "Wicked Tuna North Vs. South” — watch the trailer.


“American Horror Story” adds Wes Bentley
The “American Beauty” star will join “Freak Show” for the two-part Halloween episode.


“Under the Dome” sinks in Week 2
Last night’s episode tied a series low in the key 18-49 demo.


Jenny McCarthy said in May she expected to be on “The View” when she was 60
Instead, McCarthy is exiting “The View” at age 41.


“Conan” is an online hit in China
Conan O’Brien’s talk show has racked up more than 3 million hits since debuting on a Chinese video site less than two weeks ago. PLUS: “Conan” to air in the UK for the 1st time.


"The Walking Dead" will return to Comic-Con for the 4th time
"Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick will moderate this year's panel featuring the cast and producers.


Teri Hatcher, Bryan Cranston, Wayne Knight recall their work on “Seinfeld”
Rolling Stone also caught up with “Kenny Bania,” Brenda Strong AKA “Sue Ellen Mischke,” Sarah Silverman, Philip Baker Hall, Keith Hernandez and “The Soup Nazi."


“Big Cat Week” will return to Nat Geo Wild for a 5th year
This year’s programs include “Dinner with Big Cats,” “Future Cats” and “Tiger’s Revenge.”


CBS sending “Under the Dome” and “Scorpion” to Comic-Con
CW drama “Reign” will also have a panel. PLUS: Starz’s “Outlander” will also be at Comic-Con.

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James Gunn says caring about 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' was terrifying for him
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James Gunn says caring about 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' was terrifying for him

How this Troma graduate made the jump to this monster Marvel movie

LONDON -- If we're being perfectly honest, I feel guilty interviewing any director on any set.

Directors may not be doing manual labor like breaking rocks or carrying pianos all day, but especially on giant mega-budget studio movies, they are pretty much on call 24 hours a day for three years, and I feel bad about taking any of the limited energy they have to spend during their day. I remember going to the editing room near the end of production on "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End," and Gore Verbinski looked at me like he had just gotten back from three tours in 'Nam. Disney wasn't even letting him drive anymore. He was that tired.

Maybe that's why James Gunn's intense level of energy on the set of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" felt sort of shocking. I've met Gunn several times over the years, and that's him. He's always got this really big energy about him, and he's wicked sharp, and I guess I expected the process to dull some of that just because that's how it works.

Nope.

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Zoe Saldana on her 'Guardians' killer character: 'She needs to be pretty'
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Zoe Saldana on her 'Guardians' killer character: 'She needs to be pretty'

Are the Guardians really the 'Rolling Stones' of the Marvel movie universe?

LONDON - Standing in the costume department for Marvel's wild new science-fiction action-comedy adventure space opera whatever you want to call it, "Guardians Of The Galaxy," I was struck by just how singular the designs were for the wardrobe worn by Gamora, a dangerous new character played by Zoe Saldana.

There was a decidedly punk edge to the drawings, but they were also gorgeous, like something you'd see for a runway show. Saldana is stunning in person, ethereal and delicate and yet with this sort of lacerating edge that she seems perfectly capable of laying down verbally. You get the sense she chews on her words and really thinks about what she's saying to you during an interview. I don't think she takes it lightly, and part of what she considers is how her physical appearance is part of the brand she's built as an actress.

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A visit to the otherworldly set of Marvel's massive 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'
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A visit to the otherworldly set of Marvel's massive 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

We get a glimpse at the ambition behind Marvel's riskiest movie so far

LONDON -- At this point, I've come to think of the Shepperton lot in England as Marvel's home away from home.

Not long after the presentation that Marvel made at Comic-Con for "Guardians Of The Galaxy," a group of journalists were invited to visit the sets for the film and to talk to the filmmakers and the cast. As part of that group, I found myself somewhat blown away by what we saw and by the conversations we had. That is not always the case, and while I've had plenty of set visits where I walked away feeling optimistic, I've had very few that knocked me out to this degree.

Why? What is it that convinced me that this is a departure for the studio and a very special version of what we know right now as the big action blockbuster?

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Under the Dome&quot;</p>

Monday's "Under the Dome"

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TV Ratings: 'Under the Dome' plummets as 'MasterChef' leads FOX to Monday wins

'American Ninja Warrior' tops 'Dome' in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 7, 2014.

CBS' "Under the Dome" plummeted nearly 20 percent to a series low in the season's second week, still leading Monday overall, but falling behind a slew of Monday originals in the key demo as FOX eked out wins in all measures.

"MasterChef," "The Bachelorette" and "American Ninja Warrior" all topped "Under the Dome" with young viewers, while "The Bachelorette" closed the gap on "Under the Dome" overall.

Among other Monday notables, the "Beauty and the Beast" season finale got a small overall bump, as did FOX's "24: Live Another Day." ABC's "Mistresses" was down week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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'My Five Wives' patriarch files for bankruptcy

“My Five Wives” patriarch files for bankruptcy
TLC star Brady Williams, who has five wives and 24 children, is $400,000 in debt.


FX unveils the 1st “Sons of Anarchy’s” final season teaser
Jax rides solo at night in “Hell Awaits."


Larry David says he recently began rewatching “Seinfeld” episodes with his daughter, "and I forgot how funny they were"
"It's funny because I haven't seen an episode in years,” he tells Rolling Stone.


Mindy Kaling: Here's how the rejected animated “Mindy Project” opening looked like
"The amazing artist Henry John did some of the coolest and cutest characterizations of Mindy,” Kaling revealed on Instagram. "Agh!! I wish we could do an episode with these credits!”


Kiefer Sutherland explains to Jimmy Fallon the origins of Jack Bauer’s “24” catchphrase “Damn It!”
“We never meant it to catch on like it did,” says Sutherland, noting that it was initially used as a quick way to move his character on to the next scene.


Subway helping promote “Sharknado 2,” thanks to Jared's cameo
A Subway poster shows Jared Fogle taking a bite out of a shark. PLUS: A "Sharknado" video game is also in the works.


Jimmy Fallon as Neal Young sings Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” with Crosby, Stills and Nash
It was sort of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion.


Report: John Cleese to join Pamela Anderson in the “Baywatch” movie
The Monty Python star will reportedly play a classic British villain, according to the UK’s Independent.


Lisa Rinna to “Real Housewives”?
She’s expected to join the Beverly Hills edition, according to Radar Online.


American remake of Britain's “Broadchurch” will air on British TV
ITV has picked up the UK rights to Fox’s “Gracepoint.”


“Sherlock’s” special will be 90 minutes long
"For some reason, people seem to think the #Sherlock special will be about 7 mins long,” co-creator Mark Gatiss tweeted. "It’s episode 10, my dears. It’ll be 90!"


Check out “Phineas and Ferb” meeting “Star Wars”
Here’s a glimpse of the Disney Channel show with Han Solo and Chewbacca.


Brian Williams weighs in on “The Bachelorette” and Juan Pablo
The NBC Nightly News anchor says he’s finally "up to speed" with what’s going on with Andi Dorfman.


BBC’s “Danger Mouse” reboot will make some male characters female
The cartoon remake calls for more female characters.

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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

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Review: FX's 'The Bridge' finds more consistency in season 2

But is the cop drama set on the El Paso/Juarez border better now that the serial killer arc is done?

For most of its first season, FX's "The Bridge" seemed as caught between two worlds as its two heroes, who worked opposite sides of the El Paso/Juarez border. In one world, the show was stuck adapting the serial killer story from the original Scandinavian "Bron," and not providing a particularly inspired take on an overdone subject. In the other world, "The Bridge" was having a lot of fun looking at the weird culture along that border, and in establishing the bond between Texas cop Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir). The second show was much more interesting than the first, but the first show kept swallowing the second one whole. 

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10 Big Questions as July 2014 TCA Press Tour Begins

10 Big Questions as July 2014 TCA Press Tour Begins

Who speaks for FOX? Which shows have critical buzz? And should Michael Patrick King be afraid?

Well, it's been a relaxing six weeks since the 2013-14 TV season ended, but the time for tanning on a tropical island is over. [If you follow me on Twitter, you may sense some sarcasm there.]

Tuesday (July 8) morning begins the Summer 2014 installment of the Television Critics Association press tour. 

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Report: Rosie O’Donnell closing in on 'View' deal

Report: Rosie O’Donnell closing in on "View” deal
An announcement of Rosie’s return could be announced as soon as this week, according to TMZ.


Chris Harrison defends how “The Bachelorette” broke the news of Eric Hill’s death
"After watching it all back and seeing how it was edited together, I stand by it even more," he says of Monday’s episode, which saw Harrison breaking the news to Andi Dorfman and her Final 4 bachelors. "There were people within the show that didn't want us to shoot us talking to Andi and the guys and those that didn't want it to be televised at all, but I vehemently disagreed and fought like crazy to shoot it and eventually use it.”


Chris Colfer learned his Twitter was hacked after stepping off a long flight from London to L.A.
 “It sucked,” the “Glee” star tells EW. “Whoever this A-hole was that did this knew that I was going to be on this plane and I couldn’t be reached. So as soon as I landed, my phone just exploded.”


“Orange is the New Black’s” Lorraine Toussaint joins ABC’s “Forever”
She’ll play a police lieutenant on the fall drama.


Columbus Short: ABC “did the right thing” in dumping me from “Scandal”
“I think, at a certain point, when you’re (hearing) a barrage of stories after stories, ABC justifiably would want to distance themselves,” he says.


“America’s Most Wanted’s” John Walsh plans to battle the NRA now that he’s on CNN
Walsh, host of “The Hunt,” says he plans to continue Piers Morgan’s anti-NRA/pro-gun control campaign.


Lifetime orders weekly talk show "Undone With @AmandadeCadenet”
British TV personality Amanda de Cadenet will star in a talk show airing at 10:30 pm weekly this summer.


“True Blood” just lost its most powerful asset
Here’s an appreciation of this week’s casualty.


“Sharknado 2” unveils an extended trailer
“In every generation, there's a cinematic event that changes everything…"


Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara are dating
The “True Blood” star recently raved about the “Modern Family” star in People magazine.


"Pee-wee’s Playhouse” complete series Blu-ray box set is due this fall
All 45 episodes plus bonus features will be available on Oct. 21.


Check out Marge Simpson’s new makeup line
MAC Cosmetics’ 10-piece Marge Simpson makeup collection will be unveiled at Comic-Con. PLUS: "Marijuana Simpson” has become a Twitter sensation.


“Masters of Sex” adds Marin Ireland
The “Homeland” alum will Masters' help in conceiving a child.

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